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Celebrating the Christmas Season at Province House

Province House is all set for the Christmas season. The tree istrimmed, the lights are lit and the official Province HouseChristmas card has been sent out. Murray Scott, Speaker of the House of Assembly, invites all NovaScotians and visitors to come to the historic building to enjoythe decorations. This year’s card features the official Christmas tree on displayin the Red Chamber. The tree, a balsam fir was hand-picked anddonated by the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree ProducersAssociation. Province House will participate in the National CapitalCommission’s annual Christmas Lights Across Canada program. Theprogram co-ordinates the display of lights on Parliament Hill andat provincial and territorial legislatures throughout Canada as anational symbol of unity and goodwill. Province House is open to the public from Monday to Friday,between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is located at 1726 Hollis St.,Halifax. HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Celebrating the Christmas Season at ProvinceHouse read more

Murder case against BJP MLA after rape survivors car crash

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday registered a murder case against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others, in connection with a road accident, which left the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer critically injured, killing two of her aunts.The FIR named Sengar, nine others, and 15-20 other unnamed persons and has been registered at the Gurubuxganj police station in Raebareli under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 120b (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNeither the truck driver, Ashish Pal, nor the truck owner, Devendra Singh, have been named as accused in the UP Police FIR. Both were detained by authorities after the accident on Sunday. In this FIR, the rape survivor’s uncle alleged that her security detail had informed Kuldeep Sengar and his associates about the girl’s travel plans. A car in which the Unnao rape survivor, her family and lawyer were travelling in was hit by an over-speeding truck in Raebareli on Sunday, killing two members, leaving her and the advocate critically injured. The truck’s number plates were blackened. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayDirector-General of Police O P Singh had said that the UP government is ready to hand over the probe to CBI if requested by the victim’s family. Lucknow ADG, Rajeev Krishna, later in the day, told Millennium Post that the procedure to hand over the case to the central agency had already been initiated. The case will now go through the State government to the Union government, which can then authorise the probe agency to officially take over the FIR filed by UP Police on Monday. A team of CBI officials had also visited the rape survivor at the hospital, where she is currently being treated, as it is already probing three cases against Sengar, where she is a witness. The CBI had, in July last year, filed a charge- sheet against Sengar for raping the teenage girl and another charge-sheet against his brother Atul Sengar, for the murder of the rape survivor’s father. Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested in 2018 for allegedly raping the teenage girl at his residence in 2017. After the news of accident spread, Opposition parties have also called for a CBI probe into the matter. The matter created ripples in parliament, where the upper house, Rajya Sabha, was adjourned till noon following Opposition protests. The National Commission for Women is taking cognizance of the Unnao rape case and Sunday’s accident.last_img read more

Afghanistan UN envoy reinstates MazariSharif offices attacked in April

28 July 2011The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today reinstated the UN offices in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif where three foreign staff and four international security guards were slain in an attack in April. The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today reinstated the UN offices in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif where three foreign staff and four international security guards were slain in an attack in April. In his first visit to Mazar-i-Sharif since the attack on 1 April, Staffan de Mistura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Afghanistan, pledged that the UN will intensify its activities there. Mr. de Mistura met with the Governor of Balkh province, Ata Mohammad Noor, who reiterated his condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and gave his assurances that the UN offices will be better protected in the future. “The United Nations will remain here, the UN has been in Afghanistan for decades,” said Mr. de Mistura. He also met with members of the Provincial Committee of the High Peace Council, the leadership of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams and UN staff. At the UN compound, Mr. de Mistura assured a Gurkha guard that new measures had been introduced to “better protect the protectors.” The three staff members killed were Joakim Dungel, a human rights officer from Sweden; Filaret Motco, a political affairs officer from Romania; and Lieutenant Colonel Siri Skare, a military adviser from Norway. The four Nepalese Gurkhas who were guarding the UN centre and were also killed were Dil Prasad Gurung, Chhabi Lal Purja Pun, Narayan Bahadur Thapa Magar and Min Bahadur Thapa. “We are grateful for their sacrifice,” said Mr de Mistura, stressing that joint investigations with the Afghan authorities are ongoing to bring to justice the five or six killers who carried out the attack when a crowd of around 3,000 people were protesting against the burning of a Koran in the United States. read more

Automotive Investment Organisation secures £457m for UK businesses

The Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO), created to spearhead inward investment in to the UK, has achieved £457 million worth of investment since it was established in June last year. As part of UKTI and led by CEO Joe Greenwell, the Organisation has already secured funding for 80 projects, securing 5,600 supply chain jobs.Speaking ahead of the Manufacturing Summit (19 June 2014), which brings together government and industry to discuss the challenges and next steps for the sector, Business Minister Michael Fallon said:“Manufacturing is driving the UK’s recovery and our vibrant automotive sector is leading the way in helping to create jobs and generate growth.“The Automotive Investment Organisation can take some of the credit. It has got off to a cracking start – beating its initial targets by securing over £450 million of investment and creating and safeguarding more than 5,600 jobs in its first year.”The AIO, part of UK Trade and Investment, was originally funded with an investment of £3 million over two years. It was created following a 2012 report by the Automotive Council, which found there was an additional £3 billion of new business that could be won by UK suppliers and overseas companies looking to set up or expand manufacturing facilities in the UK.Recent examples of AIO project successes have included Canadian car manufacturer, Multimatic, announcing a new £59 million investment project which will see the creation of 232 jobs in the UK.Part of Multimatic’s investment proposal will be a new research and development facility in Norfolk and a manufacturing plant in Coventry focused on the production of advanced composite components to support the development of lightweight vehicles.The AIO has also helped BorgWarner establish a Turbocharger Centre of Excellence and launch a research and development collaboration programme with the University of Huddersfield. BorgWarner has been able to secure a supply contract for JLR as a result of this investment. Both projects have resulted in more than 200 new jobs – with a combined investment of £26 million.”CEO of the Automotive Investment Organisation and former Chair of Ford, Joe Greenwell said:“The UK automotive sector is thriving and ‘brand Britain’ vehicles are recognised around the world as a mark of premium quality, reliability and innovation.“These first year results for the AIO are testament to the high regard in which the UK industry is held internationally, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to surpass our targets, securing thousands of UK jobs and hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment into the UK. I look forward to building on this in the weeks, months and years ahead as we continue to buck the trend across the rest of Europe by growing our car production.”The 2014 Manufacturing Summit, which is being held in Liverpool, aims to bring together more than 200 manufacturing business leaders to discuss with ministers the latest progress on the Industrial Strategy, upcoming challenges and next steps for the sector as government continues to put manufacturing at the heart of its growth programme.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Grad student research awarded more than 980000

Ben Sylvester is one of 35 grad students receiving SSHRC funding this year.Brock graduate student researchers in humanities, social sciences, education and applied health sciences have received $982,500 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).Thirty-five student research applications submitted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies were successful in the 2011 round of SSHRC funding.“The success of our applications, given the very competitive nature of graduate funding awards, is a strong measure of the calibre of graduate researchers and scholars in our programs,” said Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.“Our graduate students play a vital role in the University’s research mission. The financial support is an investment that allows our students to focus exclusively on the task ahead of them and to make important contributions to the research culture at Brock.”The projects cover a range of topics, including:school experiences of female Muslims who wear the hijab in school settings where the majority of students are not MuslimBritish army strategy during the War of 1812the relations among psychopathy, aggression and empathythe psychological and physical outcomes of strength trainingThe SSHRC funding, which totals $121 million for 1,700 research projects across Canada for student and faculty researchers, was recently announced by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).Here’s a list of Brock’s successful applications for the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships:DoctoralAshley Hosker, Psychology“Empathy and impulsivity: An examination of the casual mechanisms that underlie the relationship between psychopathic personality and physical aggression”Benjamin Sylvester, Applied Health Sciences“Understanding the relationship between psychological need satisfaction, well-being and performance through the mediational role of behavioural regulations”Victoria Tasker, Geography“A participatory approach to the integration of geospatial information for improved decision making in viticulture”Doctoral FellowshipsMay Al-Fartousi, Education“Unveiling Shi’i Religious Identities: Case Studies of Hijab in Culturally Homogeneous Canadian Schools”Megan Gordon, Education“Effectiveness of Ontario teacher education programs in preparing white teacher candidates to engage in race and racialization issues in the classroom”Jumoke Isekeije, Social Justice and Equity Studies“Online news forums: women’s alternative public sphere”Master’sJessica Alcock, Child and Youth Studies“Who is allowed to speak? A look at self-accounts of autism”Valerie Attewell, Applied Disability Studies“Dating relationships and use of communication technology while under the influence of alcohol using a high school sample”Sarah Baker, Education“Insights into the Individual Education Plan: Exploring multiple perspectives to enhance effective implementation”Andrew Bayer, Psychology“Effects of psychotherapy techniques on offender rehabilitation”Laura Berger, Popular Culture“Raunch culture and girls’ series fiction”Lindsey Cary, Psychology“Differential hiring of immigrants: The influence of individual differences”David Connors, History“A study of the organizational structure of the British command in Canada during the War of 1812”Scott Crozier, Applied Health Sciences“Musculature of a male experimenter on self-presentational concerns and maximal strength performance for the chest press and leg press”Julie Domitrek, Women Studies“From the ground-up and the top-down: New/activist and mass/mainstream media coverage of the Toronto G20 protests”Sarah Farrell, Child and Youth Studies“Families as authentic partners in literacy programs”Shawn Geniole, Psychology“PERSONALITY traits underlying costly and non-costly aggressive behaviour”Thomas Glasbergen, History“Cicero in 18th-century Britain”Susan Grouchy, Classics“An examination of political involvement in the Eleusinian mysteries in Classical Greece”Setareh Hooshmand, Psychology“Risk taking and depressive symptoms: A longitudinal study across adolescence”Matthew Horner, Psychology“The influence of body posture on children’s emotional perception”Steven Lee, History“Impact of the proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline: Aboriginal sovereignty, economic transformation and political change in the Northwest Territories”Jenna Lorusso, Applied Health Sciences“Examining perceived values of Physical Education; and the impact of those values on current and future Physical Education”Petre Lozinov, Psychology“Investigating the role of environmental factors on a victim’s response to forgive, acquiesce, or revenge”Caitlin Munn, Education“Exploring contested historical evidence in the Toronto District School Board’s course “Genocide: Historical and Contemporary Implications”Samantha Rohrig, Classics“Death and burial practices in the Roman province of Hispania”Grant Schrama, History“Byzantine influence on Viking society”Hafsah Shaikh, Child and Youth Studies“South Asian women’s negotiations of hybrid identities”Laurie Sherry-Kirk, Social Justice and Equity Studies“First Nations language recovery, esteem and cultural identity”Malvina Skorska, Psychology“Sexual orientation and (self-reported) height: a physical difference, a psychosocial difference, or both?”Connie Stowe, Child and Youth Studies“An autoethnographic journey between Two Worlds”Bruce Thompson, Visual Arts“Gender, bullying, contemporary culture and visual arts”Naomi Verton, English“Exploring feminist discourses as intertext in Angela Carter’s The BloodyChamber”Jade Wallace, English“The Dead Letters: A collection of Epistolary poetry”Christopher Walsh, Sociology“Ethically unemployed: an investigation of the moral regulation of Canadian manufacturing workers’ responses to displacement and unemployment” read more

Buckeyes dominate Walsh 9363 in exhibition

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) looks for an opening during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe 2013-14 basketball season is under way for the Ohio State Buckeyes.No. 11 OSU beat Walsh University in an exhibition game, 93-63, Sunday in the team’s first action of the season.Walsh sophomore guard Jesse Hardin scored a game-high 18 points. OSU senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and junior forward LaQuinton Ross each poured in 15 to lead a balanced attack for the Buckeyes, who had five players score in double figures.After leading 49-26 at the half, OSU was slow out of the gate in the second half. Each of the Buckeyes’ first three offensive possessions ended with a turnover, two of which were committed by junior center Amir Williams.Walsh was able to get the margin down to 19 with a 3-pointer by senior forward Hrvoje Vucic with 17:04 remaining. But an 11-2 OSU run, capitalized by an inbound pass alley-oop from senior guard Aaron Craft to junior forward Sam Thompson, put the game out of reach.OSU coach Thad Matta said although Walsh played well on defense, his team did not capitalize on what mistakes their opponent did make.“We didn’t take good care of (the basketball), especially in the second half,” Matta said.The Cavaliers scored 12 points off of OSU’s 18 turnovers.OSU didn’t begin the game particularly strongly, either.“To start the game, we missed three or four lay-ups there. We didn’t have the flow we were looking for offensively,” Matta said. “We were holding the ball a little bit too long.”Williams missed a shot from close range on the Buckeyes’ second trip down the court and was substituted out shortly thereafter, but said he didn’t let the miss affect the way he played.Williams said OSU associate head coach Dave Dickerson told him in the team’s shoot-around, “Don’t let your first and second shot determine the outcome of how you play the rest of the game.”Williams would finish the game with eight points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals over 19 minutes of action.The Buckeyes and Cavaliers exchanged the lead four times in the opening minutes before Thompson put his team ahead for good with a free throw at the 15:13 mark.OSU made half of its 60 shots from the floor, including four of nine from behind the arc.The Buckeyes made 19 of 24 (79 percent) free throws, while Walsh only attempted two free throws in the first half, making one.OSU is set to tip-off its regular season Nov. 9 against Morgan State at noon in Schottenstein Center. read more

Ladybird spider among 80 animals at risk of extinction

Tansy beetle on barbed wireCredit:Jonathan Proud / Alamy Stock Photo Tansy beetle on barbed wire Woodcocks are on the RSPB's Red List Ladybird spiders and puffins are among 80 animals at risk of extinction identified by conservation charities after Government biodiversity spending was cut almost in half in three years.The RSPB and Buglife have criticised Defra after the funding for the department as a whole was increased by 11 per cent but biodiversity investment was slashed.The charities have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “save our most iconic and most loved species from extinction” by putting more funding into saving their habitats.A Treasury document has revealed that funding to protect UK species has declined every year, going from 598m in the 2015-16 financial year to 338m in 2018-19.Buglife has identified eleven insects which are at direct risk of dying out if habitat situations do not improve. If these bugs die out, their predators such as birds and small mammals will be impacted and may also become at risk.Most of the birds on the RSPB’s Red List, which includes turtle doves, merlins, woodcocks, house sparrows and puffins, are under threat because of the reduction of their habitats and a lessening of their food sources. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Woodcocks are on the RSPB’s Red List Martin Harper, Director of Conservation for the RSPB Said: “Our natural world is precious and our own prosperity is dependent on a healthy environment.“Yet, we continue to exploit it rather than nurture it.  That is why we face a climate and ecological emergency. It is also why it is wrong that Defra funding continues to decline in real terms.“There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that it pays to invest in nature which is why we call on the new Prime Minister to back up political commitments to restore nature in a generation with new laws and adequate funding.  Promises on paper will not save our iconic and most loved species from extinction if they are not followed up with urgent action.” Paul Hetherington, the director of fundraising and communcations at insect charity Buglife said: “Buglife are deeply concerned about the cuts to biodiversity funding and feel the key issue is to reinstate connectivity for nature projects such as B-Lines. Another consequence of the cut backs is a lack of protection and care for designated sites such as SSSIs which are in many cases being lost or degraded.”Insects identified as being under threat include the ladybird spider, shrill carder bee, horrid ground-weaver spider, Fonseca’s seed-fly, Freshwater pearl mussels, the white-claw crayfish and the tansy beetle.Springwatch presenter Chris Packham said: “Its cruelly ironic that as our species and habitats decline at an ever increasing rate so does the funding available to protect them . Given the monies that DEFRA does have available its shameful that more draconian cuts have been made to protecting biodiversity.” It betrays a wilful failure to prioritise a secure environmental future over short term human needs and indicates that even now , when the writing is written boldly on the wall in terms of our own peril , that they still are not properly prioritising the wildlife and habitats which we ultimately depend upon . History will not look favourably at this decision , nor those who have made it.”A Defra spokesperson said: “Our ground-breaking 25 Year Environment Plan sets ambitious goals for nature and biodiversity in England to improve our precious environment, our reforms will reward farmers for conserving and restoring habitats and new planning rules will mean newdevelopments must deliver an overall increase in biodiversity.“Furthermore, we are now funding projects across the country to turn the tide and restore lost landscapes, promote biodiversity and create habitats for our wildlife to thrive – part of our commitment to protect and improve our natural environment for future generations.” read more

Swiss test wireless cameras to monitor newborns vital signs

(AFP) Swiss researchers said Monday they have developed a wireless camera system to monitor vital signs in premature babies, a move that could replace uncomfortable and highly inaccurate skin sensors.This handout picture taken and released by Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, on April 10, 2017 shows two scientists in a laboratory speaking to each other as they check the operation of cameras intended to monitor vital signs in premature babies. (Photo: AFP)The skin sensors currently used to monitor vital signs in babies born prematurely generate false alarms in up to 90 percent of cases, mainly set off by the baby’s movement.“This is a source of discomfort for the babies, because we have to check on them every time,” Jean-Claude Fauchere, a doctor at University Hospital Zurich’s neonatal clinic, explained in a statement.“It’s also a significant stress factor for nurses and a poor use of their time –- it distracts them from managing real emergencies and can affect quality of care,” he added.His hospital is preparing to begin tests of a new, contactless system created by researchers at the EPFL polytechnical university in Lausanne and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, CSEM, in Neuchatel, the two schools said in a statement.Researchers elsewhere have also shown an interest in camera-based baby monitoring, including a British company, Oxehealth, which has run tests on newborns at a hospital in Oxford, England.The system devised in Switzerland should allow premature babies kept warm in neonatal incubators to be medically monitored using highly sensitive cameras that detect the newborn’s pulse by detecting and analysing its skin colour, which changes ever so slightly every time its heart beats.“Breathing is monitored by measuring movements of its thorax and shoulders. At night, infrared cameras take over, which means that monitoring can be carried out non-stop,” the statement said.The optical system was designed by CSEM researchers, who chose cameras sensitive enough to detect minute changes in skin colour, while the EPFL researchers designed algorithms to process the data in real time, it said.“We ran an initial study on a group of adults, where we looked at a defined patch of skin on their foreheads,” EPFL doctoral student Sibylle Fallet said in the statement.“With our algorithms we can track this area when the person moves, isolate the skin pixels and use minor changes in their colour to determine the pulse,” she said, adding that “the tests showed that the cameras produced practically the same results as conventional sensors.”Once the system has been extensively tested on premature babies, it could one day replace skin sensors altogether, the schools said.“In addition to cutting down on false alarms, it would also be more comfortable for the babies,” the statement said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘We need justice’ …family calls for independent probe into death of baby burnt at GPHCFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news”GPHC slapped with $20M lawsuit after baby falls from cotDecember 1, 2015In “Business”GPHC receives fetal monitors from Help the Kids OrganisationDecember 1, 2014In “Business” read more

Gurbindo enters Barcelona history – scores 10000th goal in EuroCups for them

Eduardo Gurbindo enters the FC Barcelona history as the player scored the teams’ 10.000th goal in European Cups since the team is competing in them. In the game against Pick Szeged, at a score 18:15 for Barcelona, Gurbindo scores for the 19:15, and this was the teams’ milestone goal.Barcelona started their European Cups in 1969. The first match ever was against Dudelange from Luxembourg, which Barcelona and lost 20:18, however they won the return game in Barcelona with 25:15.Gurbindo joined Barcelona Summer 2012 after spending three years in Valladolid. ← Previous Story TuSEM Essen fires Mike Handschke – Christian Prokop new coach Next Story → RK Vardar Pro sign Milos Dragas Barcelonadudelangegurbindoluxembourg read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Yefomit Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4502169 Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 4:52 PM 6,614 Views No Comments By Garreth MacNamee The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Yefomit Feb 19th 2019, 4:53 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #ABORTION: TD Ruth Coppinger has told the Dáil that a pregnant woman went to the UK to secure an abortion despite being told in an Irish hospital that she had only a 15% chance of delivery.2. #FEEL THE BERN: Bernie Sanders has said he is running for US president in 2020.3. #THINK 32: A new survey found that the majority of Irish people would like to see a united Ireland in their lifetime.4. #CARJACKING: A woman was the victim of a carjacking in Kildare this morning after she was threatened at knifepoint after being flagged down by a man at 7am this morning.5. #RIP: Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85. Share2 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ghost Runners Brewery dispute ends

first_imgGhost Runners Brewery will remain in operation after resolving a lawsuit with a former investor, though it will lose its expansion space at The Waterfront Vancouver.The Vancouver brewery and Texas entrepreneur Brad Rummer reached the settlement late last week. Financial terms were not disclosed.Ghost Runners Brewery will retain its current taproom at 4216 N.E. Minnehaha St. The brewery’s founders faced losing the entire business after being placed into receivership.“We’re just happy to have what we started back,” co-founder Amy Seibel said of the taproom. “That’s ours. It’s a good thing. It definitely could have been a lot worse.”Rummer will retain the lease for restaurant space at the waterfront that was to be the brewery’s next phase. He told The Columbian he is happy to put the case behind him.“Nothing ever works out well when it goes the legal route. Nobody’s happy,” he said. “I’m sure it was a learning experience on both parties.”last_img read more

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Wilmington Band Parents Friends Hands Out 16 Scholarships

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Wilmington High School’s Scholarship Night, the Wilmington Band Parents & Friends awarded 16 scholarships.The following two students received the Joanne Benton Performing Arts Leadership Scholarship, which is awarded annually to the two senior band members who exhibit the same leadership and commitment as Ms. Benton did. This year’s two recipients were:Marissa LoGrassoRobert SicaThe following 14 individuals were awarded with a scholarship from the Wildcat Band Parents as recognition for their dedication and commitment to the Wilmington Wildcat Bands. The 2018 Wildcat Band Scholarship recipients were:Joseph BalliroJulia BurkeAndrew DawsonJoslyn DeFeoMacy DoucetteRebecca KendallJasmine LeBritney MallebrancheSteven McHughJessica MooreSharanya RamananKyle RitsonMichael ScaramozzinoHannah Walsh(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Band Parents & Friends Association.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Soliciting Business & Family Donors For 2019-2020 BannerIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Sass and Zirkle lead Iditarod down Yukon River

first_imgTwo Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle reached the Yukon River checkpoint of Galena Friday morning. (Photo by Zach Hughes/KSKA)Dog teams moved swiftly down the Yukon River all Friday afternoon. Many came off an eight-hour rest, but some mushers chose to push their teams before taking the mandatory break on the river. KNOM’s Emily Schwing reports.Download AudioIt was just before noon as Brent Sass’s dog team sped through the Galena checkpoint without picking up straw, grabbing only his drop bags. Sass also didn’t take any extra dog food with him, which means he probably didn’t plan to camp on his way to Nulato.But he did take some human food with him: a bag of chocolate chip cookies, another bag of candy and few small bits of gear.The thick layer of clouds that blanketed the town all morning was just burning off as Sass scrambled through Galena. The weather system dropped a couple inches of snow on the river overnight.“That was fun, padding for the dogs,” said Sass.Sass said his dogs were doing great.“They’re wonderful, they’re eating like crazy, I’ve got no complaints. I’ve got 14 strong pulling dogs, so I am a happy man at the moment,” said Sass.As Sass sped past, Aliy Zirkle’s dogs barely lifted their heads. They arrived an hour earlier and were snuggled in for their mandatory eight-hour rest after a long, hard push from Takotna.“I don’t know how many people and maybe not my team could do the run I just did. That’s a bold move with little rest,” said Zirkle.Winning Iditarod mushers on the northern route have clustered in Ruby for their eight-hour rest. (Graphic by Ben Matheson/ Alaska Public Media)Zirkle’s team rested only six hours in a day and a half long run to Galena.“Well you only know what you do after. We’ll see whether I’m picking up the pieces or not,” said Zirkle.Zirkle says this was her big move. A reroute due to open water on the river means what is traditionally a 37 mile run to Nulato has now been extended by roughly 20 miles overland. But she says her effort might have given her an advantage.“We’ll see what [the dogs] look like. An eight-hour rest is a long rest and now it’s interesting. It’s now a 58 instead of a short little run. Actually, that’s in my favor, because I’m sitting here eight [hours]. And I kind of think I’m gonna just skip through the checkpoints now, I kind of don’t want to do another long run, because I don’t want to take all their speed away.”As Zirkle pondered her next step in the mid afternoon, mushers who opted to take their eight hour layovers earlier in the morning in Ruby were just starting to hit the trail. Pete Kaiser says a tough run gave him a reason to stop.“Rough trail and long miles both,” said Kaiser.But perhaps his stop in Ruby had more to do with how tired he was.“I smashed my nose on my handlebar three times this morning falling asleep, that felt good,” said Kaiser.Pete Kaiser wasn’t the only musher to appear tired. Michelle Phillips also says she stopped because her dogs needed rest, but she seemed pretty trail-worn herself.“It’s changing so much. It used to be a good trail was something different than it is now. The trail now is a little bit of snow that you travel on, bouncing along crashing into things,” said Phillips.She says she opted to take eight hours, because it would put her on a better schedule.“Yeah, I just did a long run so it sets me up and I’ll be on a good schedule. I don’t want to be running in the heat of the day. Right now it’s 7:30, I stay here eight hours, I’ll be leaving at 3:30 when it starts getting cooler,” said Phillips.But some mushers weren’t quite ready to stay for eight hours.Joar Leifseth Ulsom stopped for only four hours – long enough to get a meal into his dogs.“The dogs are doing good, so I figure I can save it for a little bit,” said Ulsom.He says he’s been holding his team back, but with river miles ahead, it’s time to let up on the brake.“I just gotta try and follow my plan and see how the team looks. We still gotta go up the whole Yukon river, so maybe if we’ve got some juice in Kaltag we can do something, but there’s a lot of nice dog teams here,” said Ulsom.As teams wind their way down the Yukon, mushers will start to find out how the rest they have built up in the first half of the race translates to speed.last_img read more

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1 burnt dead in city gas leak fire 7 injured

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationOne among the eight people, who sustained burn injuries in a suspected gas leak fire at Beparipara in Uttarkhan area of the capital early Saturday, passed away under treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the morning.Azizul, 30, died at the hospital around 10:30am, reports UNB.Seven other injured people — Dablur, 33, Anjum, 33, Abdullah, 5, Urmi, 16, Purnima, 30, Sufia, 60, Sagor, 12, hailing from Bhangura in Pabna district — were undergoing treatment at the hospital.They were living in the ground-floor flat of a two-storey building, said DMCH police outpost sub-inspector Bachchu Miah adding that most of the victims are readymade garment workers and one of them was rickshaw puller.The fire broke out at the ground-floor flat around 4:00am as there was a leak in their gas pipeline, said Shafiqul Islam, a senior station officer of fire service and civil defence in Uttara.On information, three units of the fire service rushed in and doused the blaze, he added.Later, the fire fighting team rescued the injured from the flat and took them to the hospital, said the official adding that the conditions of six were critical.last_img read more

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62 sacks of VGF rice seized

first_img.Sixty two sacks of rice meant for distribution among poor people under the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme were seized in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj on Monday, reports UNB.Upazila Nirbahi Officer Iffat Jahan said 69 sacks of VGF rice were allocated for the poor and helpless people of ward-2 of Tarash municipality on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.However, councilor Bakul Hossain distributed only seven sacks of rice among them and sold the remaining 62 sacks in the black market.Receiving the information, the UNO conducted a drive and recovered the VGF rice, he said, adding that the seized rice was kept at the government silo.last_img read more

How to Prevent a Website Crash After a Traffic Spike

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the June 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Traffic director: Michael Kupermanof Akamai.Photo© Eva KolenkoQ: How can I manage crash-inducing traffic spikes to my website?A: First off, congratulations–this is a good problem to have. Maybe a new product on your retail website got big media attention. Suddenly your online traffic jumped sevenfold, and 90 minutes later, your site shut down, the victim of too many consumers trying to access your product.What could have prevented this catastrophe is a content delivery network (CDN) from Akamai, Amazon, CDNetworks or one of the many other providers worldwide. It’s a cloud-based automatic scaling service designed to optimize the delivery of any content–most commonly software and video–to your customers in the most reliable fashion. With a CDN in place, customers can access your site no matter how many visitors have the same idea at the same time. And they can quickly download your content whether they’re across town or halfway around the world.We turned to Michael Kuperman, senior director of platform operations at Akamai, who has a decade of experience in the content delivery network space.Who needs a CDN?If your consumer base is distributed over a wide geographic area, or if you have predictable online traffic patterns–for example, you know Cyber Monday and Mother’s Day are big days–or concerns about unexpected flash crowds due to content or a promotion, you need a CDN. If you require online speed to compete with rivals, as you would with online shopping services or travel reservations, you need a CDN. If your concern is a denial of service or cyber attacks, you, too, need a CDN.Who doesn’t need one?If your business is regional with a focus on local customers, you might not need one. If your website’s revenue isn’t tied to its performance, or if you have no global audience or no chance of showing up on Yahoo News, you don’t need a CDN.How do you choose a CDN?If your network is to serve, say, the Chinese market, you’ll want a CDN with a Chinese presence to add stability. You’ll also need to know if the CDN will support your application and meet your goals. And ask your short list of providers if they’re willing to do a head-to-head test using your application and content.How much do CDNs charge?If yours is a video delivery site, you’ll likely be charged in GBT (gigabytes transferred) or Mbps (megabits per second). If you have a shopping site or advertising application, costs may be by transaction, page views or other metrics related to your application. The prices per data delivery or transaction requests are mere fractions of a penny, but when you’re talking about millions of people flooding your site, keep in mind that it can quickly add up to real money.How fast can a CDN be put into place?With a good provider, once the terms are ironed out, turning it on can take just a few minutes. However, complicated applications can take a few days or weeks to configure. Give yourself at least one month to sort out what you need and whom you’ll use so you can make sure you’re getting a good deal. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 4, 2012 Register Now » 3 min readlast_img read more

This New Startup Wants to Be Your WhatsApp for Professional Networking

first_imgMarch 26, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When you’re moving a million miles an hour, writing an email and waiting for a response can feel like a generation.That’s why there are so many ways for you to send messages in real-time today: Google Chat, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the list goes on from there. It’s also why the company behind Slack, the intra-team collaboration tool, has doubled in value to $2 billion in the last six months under the battle cry of killing email.That’s the backdrop against which Caliber is launching today. Describing itself as “WhatsApp meets LinkedIn,” the app enables users to instantly chat with their business contacts instead of communicating via email.Related: Slack, the Startup Looking to Kill Email, Is Now Reportedly Worth $2 Billion“We see a huge opportunity in making it much faster for people to interact with their business contacts. By making this process faster, you’re able to reach out to more people and in turn you increase your chances of being more productive and successful in your career,” he says. “This shift from email to messaging is happening not only with your friends.”Now, we know what you’re thinking: What’s so hard about sending an email? Would I really feel comfortable starting casual real-time convo with a person I only met once at a networking event? Caliber CEO Andres Blank is betting on it, citing Slack as an example.“Before Slack, people were happy sending emails to their colleagues. But once they started using Slack and sending shorter and more informal messages, they became more productive as a team and moved away from email for internal communications,” he says.Caliber lets users search their business contacts by skills, companies they’ve worked in and location. Right now, it syncs only with your LinkedIn account, but intends to integrate with your Twitter, Dribbble and Angel List address books in the future.Prior to launching Caliber, Blank launched and sold the social photo aggregator Pixable for $26.5 million to the Singaporean telecommunications giant SingTel.Related: Top 10 Apps for Instant Messaging (Infographic) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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200kilo crocodile snagged on the streets of Quepos

first_imgRelated posts:Hungry crocodile removed from Costa Rica home To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Police remove crocodile from Guanacaste river where tourists swam Actor Leonardo DiCaprio talks about illegal fishing in Costa Rica’s Cocos Island The central Pacific town of Quepos near Manuel Antonio National Park had an unwelcome tourist over the weekend.The sight of a 200-kilogram (440-pound) crocodile waddling through the streets of Quepos on Friday sent children and visitors running, according to a statement from Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry. Authorities said the 2.5-meter-long reptile climbed onshore from a nearby estuary and strolled the streets before police, firefighters and locals wrangled the animal onto a truck. The croc was released into the wild under the supervision of the National System of Conservation Areas.The crocodile appeared more curious than anything about its neighbors in the fishing and tourist town. Police said no injuries were reported.Last week, police had to relocate a 300-kg crocodile from Playa Claritas, south of Jacó. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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